Jeff Strickler

Jeff Strickler
Jeff Strickler's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Minneapolis Star Tribune
Publications: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
64% Heights (2005) It's just a snapshot of the daily struggle known as life. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2005
3/4 75% War of the Worlds (2005) Spielberg seems to have resigned himself to the fact that he'll never match the impact of the radio show, but he's making no bones about going after that FX Oscar. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2005
2/4 85% Mysterious Skin (2005) By the time the climactic revelation finally comes, it's such old news that all the scenery chewing that accompanies it seems alien. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2005
2.5/4 71% Torremolinos 73 (2005) The narrative eventually runs out of steam. But writer-director Pablo Berger maintains a lighthearted tone. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2005
3/4 86% Saving Face (2005) This culture-clash, generation-gap comic drama is clichéd and corny. But it's also charming. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2005
2.5/4 No Score Yet Relies too much on Himschoot to keep viewers engaged. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2005
2.5/4 90% My Summer of Love (2004) Not surprisingly for a project that relied so heavily on the actors' input, the characters are complex and intricately drawn. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2005
13% The Honeymooners (2005) What The Honeymooners does well, it does very well. The trouble is, it doesn't do enough of what it does well. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2005
2.5/4 19% The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005) Visually, the film is impressive. Rodriguez has an incredible imagination and the computer skills to bring it to vivid life. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2005
3/4 87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) The visuals are stunning, bursting with vivid colors and surreal inventiveness. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2005
2/4 38% Milwaukee, Minnesota (2003) First-time director Allen Mindel is too lackadaisical in pushing the story along. By the time the narrative picks up steam, we've lost ours. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2005
1.5/4 77% The Holy Girl (2005) Keeping the viewers at a distance also makes it difficult to empathize with the characters, a situation worsened by disjointed plotting. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2005
3/4 71% King of the Corner (2005) An engaging character study that is carried by its talented performers. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2005
3/4 84% Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) The dedication the youngsters bring to their dancing is infectious, and that gives this documentary a leg up. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2005
77% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) What could have turned into a featherweight teenybopper movie matures into a lot more. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2005
3/4 54% Madagascar (2005) A good-natured kid flick. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2005
2/4 31% The Longest Yard (2005) Viewers who come to see a football movie likely will leave satisfied. But those who want to see an Adam Sandler movie would do better to rent The Waterboy. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2005
3/4 46% Don't Move (2004) The performances are exquisite. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2005
3/4 73% Mondovino (2005) Nossiter's low-key style has a quaintness all its own. The last thing anyone would accuse him of is selling out to corporate interests. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2005
3/4 97% Double Dare (2005) Castellitto, who has won his country's best-actor award twice before, has such a haunting look in his eyes that he doesn't need to chew the scenery to get across his point. Cruz doesn't speak much, but her face screams of the pain that Italia faces. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2005
3/4 80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) It provides fun and closure, wrapping up the saga's many narrative strings in an entertaining finale. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2005
3/4 18% Monster-in-Law (2005) It's a one-joke movie, but we keep laughing because of the way the stars keep telling the joke. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2005
64% Ladies in Lavender (2005) A sweet little character sketch that is low on drama but high on charm. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2005
1/4 24% Mindhunters (2005) Profilers are supposed to outsmart their foes. But the only brains in evidence are the ones oozing out of head wounds. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2005
2/4 43% Palindromes (2004) Indie filmmaker Todd Solondz deserves credit for thinking outside the box and challenging his audience. But this time, he steps over the line that distinguishes challenging from confusing. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2005
3.5/4 74% Crash (2004) Crash has been crafted to deliver a wake-up blow to our complacency. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2005
2.5/4 39% Kingdom of Heaven (2005) The climax features a dandy battle, but getting to it requires sitting through nearly two hours of posturing and pontificating. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2005
3/4 95% The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005) The biggest problem with this documentary is its title, which makes it sound like a bird-watching club filmstrip. While it indeed concerns birds, it's about a lot more. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2005
2.5/4 72% Walk on Water (2005) This movie already has enough topics on the table. As a result, none gets the attention it deserves. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2005
2.5/4 60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) Although clever and zany, the pacing is problematic. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2005
2.5/4 60% Winter Solstice (2005) Granted, we're not wild about hams who try to flood the theater with emotion, but having them bottle up everything while they stand around looking gloomy isn't the answer, either. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2005
2.5/4 41% A Lot Like Love (2005) The bottom line in any teen date movie is: Do they make a cute couple? Actually, cute is what they do best. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2005
2.5/4 22% Down and Derby (2005) Down and Derby is a benign but good-hearted family comedy that offers a gender-switch on stage moms: derby dads. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2005
3/4 91% Head-On (2005) This is a gritty drama about self-destruction. On a basic level, its title refers to an early scene in which a man floors his car and plows into a brick wall. In a more general sense, it reflects the protagonists' fatalistic approach to life. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2005
38% Sahara (2005) Getting the girl, finding the gold and saving the world from a plague are just afterthoughts here. The main objective is to have fun, and in that regard, Sahara accomplishes its mission handily. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2005
3/4 65% Fever Pitch (2005) If you know anything about romantic comedies and professional baseball, you will find no surprises in Fever Pitch. But you will find a dandy date movie. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2005
3.5/4 60% Dust to Glory (2005) Dana Brown's documentaries crackle with passion. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2005
3/4 47% The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) It's hard not to sing the praises of The Ballad of Jack & Rose. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2005
3/4 81% Dear Frankie (2005) In the insightful hands of first-time filmmaker Shona Auerbach and veteran actors who play their roles with intelligence, the movie deftly ducks the schmaltz. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2005
3/4 88% Millions (2005) It's cute and touching. Who would have thought we'd ever use those terms to describe a Danny Boyle movie? - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2005
3/4 85% Gunner Palace (2005) A bit disjointed but accomplishes its mission: to provide a glimpse into the soldiers' everyday lives without taking a side on the war. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2005
3/4 52% Ice Princess (2005) The characters have a depth that is missing in most clichéd sports films. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2005
35% Hostage (2005) You might feel that the title applies to you. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2005
64% Robots (2005) Robots is in high gear from start to finish. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2005
2.5/4 21% The Pacifier (2005) This moderately amusing family comedy is one of those movies that is better if you don't think about it. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2005
2/4 16% Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) This movie stew -- equal parts farce, drama and sermon -- gives you plenty to chew on but, ultimately, is less than filling. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2005
2/4 35% Imaginary Heroes (2005) Yes, it's time for another visit to the suburb of Angst, located outside the metropolis of Dysfunction and just a freeway exit away from the tri-city area of Despair, Despondency and Depression. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2005
1/4 6% Son of the Mask (2005) Jim Carrey doesn't go anywhere near this follow-up to his 1994 blockbuster, and neither should viewers. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2005
55% Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) A touching story about a young girl and her dog, Because of Winn-Dixie is quintessentially cute. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2005
4/4 96% Postmen in the Mountains (Nashan naren nagou) (2003) Recommended without reservation. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2005